Wild Turkey 101 Proof is the the strong version of Wild Turkey. The origins of the Wild Turkey distillery can be traced back to 1869 when the Ripy brothers built a distillery at Lawrenceburg. However the brand was alleged created when distillery executive Thomas McCarthy took some warehouse samples on a wild turkey hunting trip in 1940. The next year his friends asked him for “some of that wild turkey whiskey”, and a brand was born. Made with grain from Kentucky and from water sourced from the distillery grounds filtered through limestone. Wild Turkey’s many nicknames include “The Dirty Bird”, “Gobble Gobble”, “Bombed Tom”, “Thunder Chicken”, “Boat Gas”, “Whiskey Tango” and the “The Kickin Chicken”. Wild Turkey is known for being a favorite drink of journalist Hunter S. Thompson, and is mentioned in his 1972 book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (as well as the film of the same name), and the 1973 book Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. Wild Turkey 101 used to be a 8 Year Old Kentucky Bourbon but now is a blend of 6, 7 and 8 Year Old Whiskey and no longer carries an age statement.